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Spike Heatley's 2011 UK tour
I recently had the great pleasure of hearing the Spike Heatley quartet playing at the Fleece jazz club. I never cease to be amazed and amused by Alan Barnes, or excited by the rhythm making of Mal Mortimore, especially on Zurich Express, written by the great Bill Le Sage.
During the 80s I remember Spike telling me "Got this great sax player called Alan Barnes, gonna be a monster." I know one thing for sure, Spike knows how to pick them. (Doug Page, by email)
Mark, when I got back from my trip to UK this year to play a few concerts with my trio and various front-line guests, I was very happy and surprised to see a copy of an email sent to JJ from a musician I knew when I lived in East Anglia. It's very kind of him to be so flattering but what he said about Barnsie and Andy Williams is the absolute truth!
This was the only concert where we played a programme of Benny Goodman music because the Electric Palace is a veritable "safe house" for trad bands (for want of a better term) but the Goodman programme saw all tickets sold and it was a pleasure to play this music for a change. Otherwise we played our normal sort of mixed programme of my own music and tunes which are rarely heard.
PS: Valerie Wilmer was right to correct me in the May issue I got the places right but the names wrong, so sorry to her. (Spike Heatley, Brittany)